Each shock absorber can be tested by bouncing the corner of the vehicle until maximum up and down movement is obtained. Release the car. It should stop bouncing in one or two bounces. Compare both front corners or both rear corners but do not compare the front to the rear. If one corner bounces longer than the other, the shock absorber should be inspected for damage and possibly be replaced.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Open the trunk to gain access to the upper shock mount.
- Remove the rubber cap, covering the shock absorber stud.
- Remove the shock absorber attaching nut, and insulator.
- Raise the vehicle and support the rear axle.
- Compress the shock absorber to clear the hole in the upper shock tower.
- Remove the lower shock absorber nut and washer from the shock mount stud, and remove the shock absorber.
- Expel all air from the new shock absorber by extending the shock absorber fully in its right-side-up position then turning it upside down and fully compressing it. Follow this procedure at least three times to expel the air.
- Compress the shock absorber and place the lower shock mounting eye over the lower mounting stud. Install the washer and new self-locking attaching nut.
- Place the inner washer and insulator on the upper shock stud.
- Extend the shock absorber and position the upper stud into the mount hole.
- Lower the vehicle and install the insulator, outer washer and nut onto the upper shock stud.
- Install the rubber cap that covers the mounting stud.